Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip & Pretzel Squares

Happy Monday Foodies. Good Morning! Happy Afternoon! It’s already been one of those days. For some reason I have been staring out into space all day today and cannot snap back into reality; what’s up with that?

This weekend was one for the books; Nick and I wanted to go into DC to see all of the Cherry Blossoms this year. I mean, it’s our first year back on the east coast and in NoVa. We had to make a pretty quick decision to see the beauty that are the blossoms because of this mild winter. I thought we were going to have a couple of extra weeks, but I will be surprised if they will still be beautiful at the end of this week. I took a ton of pictures and all three of us really enjoyed ourselves.

Yep, all three of us.

We took Pippy! We cannot leave him behind. However, driving into DC  is a mess not worth the headache, so we did some due diligence and found out that Pippy can ride on the VRE and the Metro {as long as he is in a doggie carry on bag.}

No problem!

He did really well, so Nick and I were especially excited to know we can take Pippy anywhere we want to.

I took a ton of pictures and on our way out of the city I decided to snap a couple of pictures that were of some beautiful flowers. That’s when it happened - a ground wasp, a bee or some other unidentifiable bug violated me. Something bit me or stung me and really caused some pain. It still hurts to walk a little bit and it left a horrid bruise on my foot and toes. Darn thing.

I guess that is what I get for jumping into shrubbery that doesn’t have a welcome sign. I have definitely learned my lesson – send Nick in.

Just kidding.

Let’s get down to why you’re here – the recipe. I decided to whip up something sweet for Nick and his coworkers. Um, it’s absolutely sinful.
That is the ONLY warning I can give you. Take a look at these Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip & Pretzel Squares.

Holy Cow is right. I hear you!

Nutritional Information
Servings: 36 bars
Serving Size: 1 bar
Calories: 152.1
Fat: 7.6 g
Carbohydrates: 19.9 g
Fiber: .3 g
Protein: 1.7 g
Points+: 4

Ingredients:

Recipe Adapted from The Family Kitchen 

  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Splenda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, divided
  • 100 pretzel sticks, coarsely broken & divided
  • ¼ cup peanut butter

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Generously butter a 9 x 13” pan
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter with all of the sugar until light and fluffy
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until almost combined; add the 1 ½ cups chocolate chips and about 70 pretzel sticks
  • Stir until just blended together

  • Spread the batter evenly in the pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden
  • In a small bowl or saucepan, melt the peanut butter and the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave or over low heat, stirring until smooth
  • Sprinkle the bars with the remaining crushed pretzels and drizzle with the peanut butter and chocolate mixture
  • Let cool until set, then cut into squares
  • Enjoy!! 

 

Like I said, these are absolutely sinful. Eater beware!

Oh and take a look at what Nick found for me! Awesome, right?

Until Next Time,

Happy Baking